104-Year-Old Man Packs His 1,000th Box For Operation Christmas Child

A 104-year-old man has just boxed his 1,000th box for Operation Christmas Child in a record four years.

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Operation Christmas Child is an organization run by Samaritan’s Purse which gives every child an opportunity to hear the gospel.

Miller and his daughter Debbie Welch were able to accomplish this feat together.

His granddaughter Leah Hansen said, “When Grandpa turned 100, he packed 100 shoeboxes for Operation Christmas Child. Since then, he has packed 1,000 shoeboxes. Yesterday was the day he packed his 1,000th.”

Miller has been boxing Operation Christmas Child boxes for years but scaled up after he turned 100.

To celebrate turning 100 years old, Miller planned on filling 100 boxes for children around the world. He has been packing even more boxes every year since then and is clocking 333 a year or almost 1 per day.

Miller’s granddaughter, Leah Hansen, said, “My grandfather has a love for others and has put his heart into packing these shoeboxes. … My children, through watching [him], are realizing that these aren’t just toys, but each item has been prayed over and will hopefully help the child who receives it.”

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Miller sees his shoebox gifts as a service to the Lord. He and Welch told Samaritan’s Purse that the boxes give children a chance to hear about The Lord in places all across the world.

“These 100 boxes are going to 100 children around the world and they’re going to hear about Jesus,” Welch told Samaritan’s Purse. “I just focus on giving God glory for His faithfulness that Dad can still be a missionary at 100.”

What a beautiful service Miller has rendered to the Lord, we pray for the Lord to bless him with good health and more years for His glory.